Shropshire

Car crashes into Oswestry shop and causes gas leak

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Image caption The crash happened at 08:30 GMT in Oswestry

A car has crashed into a shop, fracturing a gas main and causing town centre homes and businesses to be evacuated.

The car hit the building in Church Street, Oswestry, Shropshire, when it was involved in a collision with a lorry at 08:30 GMT.

Firefighters said when they arrived there was a strong smell of gas.

A 200m (220 yards) cordon was set up by West Mercia Police around the pipe as a precaution.

Nobody was hurt in the collision and the road reopened to traffic later in the afternoon.

The Wynnstay Hotel was one of a number of businesses to be evacuated.

Its general manager Sebastian Siddi said guests and staff had been accommodated by a nearby restaurant until police cleared them to return.

Image caption A cordon was set up at the scene
Image caption The cordon was later lifted for pedestrians, before the road was reopened traffic in the afternoon

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